Cannabis Industry in Puerto Rico

What is Medicinal Cannabis?

Cannabis is simply a plant. This plant can be processed through different methods in order to extract powerful chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, such as THC & CBC. These can be very beneficial to patients of certain conditions. Through a vast number of studies and clinical trials, medicinal cannabis has shown that it can greatly improve the quality of life of thousands of patients with chronic conditions. Medicinal cannabis can help manage pain, reduce muscle spasm, increase appetite and improve certain brain disorders. It can provide alternative therapies to patients who haven’t responded to traditional methods. Medicinal cannabis can help countless patients to live better, healthier and happier lives.

Medicinal Cannabis in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico became the second Caribbean jurisdiction to legalize medicinal cannabis on May 3rd, 2015. The Puerto Rico Health Department has recognized the therapeutic value of medicinal cannabis and authorized the use of this plant and its derivatives for health reasons. Personally cultivating cannabis remains illegal. Under the Health Department’s guidelines, medicinal cannabis is approved for the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Glaucoma

  • HIV/AIDS

  • Migraines

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

  • Parkinson’s Disease

And other illnesses that are not responsive to traditional medicine and approved by a qualifying physician.